Wittgenstein's Nephews

ASC PFDL007 Bitter Sweet Island

Violin in a pram

Duo improvisations

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Vladimir Miller – Keyboard
Alex Novitz – Voice, Electronics

Inspired by Austrian author Thomas Bernhard, Bitter Sweet Island was recorded in Moscow in April 2004. Alex Novitz and Vladimir Miller perform spontaneous compositions using various vocal techniques, and keyboard sounds that reflect or juxtapose the energy created by the voice. The vocal sounds range from overtone singing, as practised by vocalists in Tuva, Mongolia, and Siberia, to a brilliant shining contralto as expressed on the track Requiem. The lyrics that can be heard on this album conjure up a feeling of a vocabulary suddenly appearing out of nowhere to celebrate the birth of newly discovered land and language.